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Recommend a good book on complex analysis?

  1. Jan 12, 2008 #1
    I am studying signal processing. I took a class last year but don't have a class now (it is very part time) and would like to do some self study. I did alright in my last class but feel that my appreciation of it would have been greater if I had a better background in complex analysis. Could someone recommend a good book on complex analysis for self study for someone with a degree in Electrical Engineering?
     
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  3. Jan 12, 2008 #2

    mathwonk

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    almost all books on complex analysis are good ones.
     
  4. Jan 12, 2008 #3

    HallsofIvy

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    I personally like "An Invitation to Complex Analysis" by Ralph Boas.
     
  5. Jan 12, 2008 #4

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    my least favorite is the most famous, i.e. ahlfors. i like lang, cartan, hille, dettman?, silverman?, knopp, markushevich, shilov, redheffer, derrick, marsden, churchill,.........
     
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  6. Jan 12, 2008 #5
    mathwonk, did you read all of them?

    you might be surprised but there's also a book from courant on complex analysis of one variable, it's basically notes from one of his pupils.
     
  7. Jan 12, 2008 #6

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    Hurwitz-Courant?
     
  8. Jan 13, 2008 #7
    Im using a book by erwin kreyzig... its pretty good for self study...
     
  9. Jan 13, 2008 #8
    If there really is work by Courant on it, there should be no doubt in your mind that you're done looking.
     
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    mathwonk

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    i read about half of those and some others, including hormander , gunning and rossi on (several complex variables), kodaira and morrow, wells, griffiths and harris, chern, (complex manifolds),.....

    my point is that almost all books on complex analysis are well written. it is apparently just an easy subject to explain. but hille and cartan are better than average, and different from the standard ones.
     
  12. Jan 17, 2008 #11
    Tristan Needham "Visual Complex Analysis"

    This is definitely a good book, especially if you like seeing math in it's pictorial form.
     
  13. Jan 20, 2008 #12
    I bought a copy of Boas and am working my way through. It is terse, but good. It is a good self study book since there are detailed answers for the problem sets. Thanks all.
     
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